Etymology
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runabout (n.)

1540s, in reference to persons, "a vagabond, a tramp," from the verbal phrase; see run (v.) + about (adv.). From 1890 as a small, light type of carriage; later extended to automobiles, light aircraft, small boats.

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Definitions of runabout

runabout (n.)
an open automobile having a front seat and a rumble seat;
Synonyms: roadster / two-seater
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